MUCC 3rd XI Grand Final Preview

on Monday, 11 April 2016.

MUCC skipper Nayan Sharma and his men are looking for the perfect finish to wrap up a quite remarkable season.

The Students have really excelled this campaign and head into the contest chasing their second flag of 2015-16 to go alongside the one-day Premiership.

Sharma knows opportunities like this don't come around very often, and he's determined to take it.

"A chance to win two Premierships for the club is of course very exciting," he said.

"It's always an honour to represent Melbourne University Cricket Club and especially so in a big game like a Grand Final. Finals are a lot of fun, especially Grand Finals, so we are very lucky to play in another one.

"It would be a significant achievement (to win it). It isn't easy to finish top of the ladder and then continue to win the big matches in the finals.

"Of course it means a lot to the players, but winning games like this means a lot, if not more, to the volunteers, our families and the administrators of the club. It is an important game for everyone."

Roll back 12 months and Uni were in the same situation, preparing for the granny against St Kilda.

The Saints, who have dominated the third XI division over the last few seasons, held on in a classic, eventually bowling out Uni for 211 as they chased 277 for victory.

Sharma was Uni's defeated captain that day, bad memories he'll be desperate to erase.

"It is important to enjoy every moment of the game," he continued.

"These experiences are very special. Nothing really changes from game to game, we will keep doing what we have been doing all season. If we can play our best cricket in the pressure of a Grand Final, that is success for me. The result will look after itself.

"All cricket matches are difficult. You never know what anyone can do on any given day, so we are prepared for a tough match. Any team that gets this far is a very good team, so we will treat this match with respect and see how it unfolds.

"Yes we will have a full strength side. However, to describe it as full strength can be subjective.

"There have been a number of contributions made throughout the season from very talented cricketers that unfortunately won't be selected to play this weekend. They all could play this game and make us 'full strength.' Selection is very tough at finals time."

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